Officer facing criminal probe over ‘choke’ arrest in Halifax

A West Yorkshire Police officer is now the subject of a criminal investigation in relation to his arrest of a man in Halifax.

A video of the arrest, which was shared on social media, shows Hassan Ahmed, 27, being held on the ground while being arrested in Spring Hall Lane, Halifax, on August 16.

During the video, a man’s voice can be heard saying “chill out or I’ll choke you out.”

Today the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said an West Yorkshire officer had been told that he is now the subject of a criminal and a gross misconduct investigation in relation to the arrest.

IOPC Regional Director Miranda Biddle said: “Having examined a range of evidence including body worn video and initial accounts from the officers involved in the restraint, we have taken the decision that this is now a criminal investigation.

“A criminal investigation does not mean that criminal charges will necessarily follow.”

Last month Mr Ahmed told YorkshireLive that he feared for his life during the arrest and said he couldn’t breathe.

A protest was held outside Halifax police station.

West Yorkshire Police has previously confirmed that the officer had been suspended.

YorkshireLive – Halifax